Codrington, Antigua and Barbuda

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Codrington
Village
Codrington is located in Antigua and Barbuda
Codrington
Codrington
Coordinates: 17°38′N 61°50′W / 17.633°N 61.833°W / 17.633; -61.833Coordinates: 17°38′N 61°50′W / 17.633°N 61.833°W / 17.633; -61.833
Country Antigua and Barbuda
Island Barbuda
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2017)
 • Total 0
Time zone AST (UTC-4)

Codrington is a town located on the island of Barbuda, which is part of the country of Antigua and Barbuda.

Codrington was founded by Christopher Codrington and his brother John in 1685,[1] to be the main residential centre on the island. They built a castle which dominated the town, but it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1843 and little trace of it now remains.

In 1741, the first slave rebellion happened in Codrington. Beach's Rebellion arose as a consequence of manager Thomas Beach's "cruel and tyrannical" behaviour. Several herds of cattle were slaughtered, damage was done to the Codrington's property and equipment. Codrington is served by Barbuda Codrington Airport.

The population of Codrington was recorded as 700 in the census of 1904, and 1,252 in the census of 1991. The town, along with the rest of the island, was completely evacuated in September 2017 following catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma[edit]

On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma, at Category 5, swept through the town. Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated that there had been damage to 95% of the structures on the small island and that he was "of the view that the island is barely habitable".[2] As of October 2017 residents are coming back to Codrington and beginning the effort to rebuild.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.antiguamuseums.org/Historical.htm
  2. ^ Hanna, Jason; Sterling, Joe; Almasy, Steve (2017-09-06). "Hurricane Irma: Powerful storm blamed for three deaths". ABS TV Radio Antigua & Barbuda. CNN. Retrieved 2017-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Barbuda After The Hurricane: Residents Return To Pick Up Pieces". BBC News. 2017-10-17. 

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